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Taylor Swift performs, Cardi B wins at American Music Awards


Jordan Strauss/ Invision/ AP Taylor Swift gets to the American Music Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018|6:13 p.m.

Taylor Swift began the American Music Awards with an explosive performance and Cardi B won the very first award of the night, committing the honor to her child.

Cardi B beat out Drake and Post Malone for preferred rap/hip-hop artist during Tuesday night’s program at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

” I truly wish to thank my child,” Cardi B said, adding: “I got ta prove people incorrect. They said I wasn’t going to make it after I had an infant.”

The rap artist gave birth to Kulture Kiari Cephus in July. She is married to rapper Offset of the hip-hop group Migos.

The AMAs, airing live on ABC, started with Swift onstage singing “I Did Something Bad” from her “track record” album. She was backed by more than a dozen dancers during the dramatic and smoky performance as a big snake hovered behind her onstage.

The performance marked her first awards show efficiency in three years and comes days after Swift broke her long-standing rejection to talk about politics in a lengthy Instagram post.

Other set to perform include Cardi B with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, twenty one pilots and Jennifer Lopez. The program will also pay tribute to Aretha Franklin, who passed away in August.

Swift is nominated for the leading prize– artist of the year– where she will take on Ed Sheeran, Think Of Dragons, Post Malone and Drake, who tied with Cardi B for many elections with 8.

Due to their success on the pop and rap charts, Drake and Cardi B made elections in both the pop/rock and rap/hip-hop categories. In the rap/hip-hop and pop/rock categories, Drake is up for preferred male artist, preferred album and favorite song with “God’s Plan.” He has the year’s top-selling album with “Scorpion” and also scored three No. 1 hits on the Signboard Hot 100 chart.

Cardi B’s collaboration with Bruno Mars, the remix of “Skill,” made two nominations and she also earned a nod for favorite music video, among others. Her album, “Invasion of Privacy,” was surprisingly shut of the preferred rap/hip-hop album classification.

Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, a streaming juggernaut prior to his death in June and later, made elections for new artist of the year and preferred soul/R&& B album for his 2017 launching, “17.” He won best new artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards this month.

Sheeran and Malone, who will carry out with Ty Dolla $ign, each earned six nominations. Other entertainers consist of Shawn Mendes with Zedd, Camila Cabello, Ciara with Missy Elliott, Ella Mai, Panic! at the Disco, Dua Lipa and Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid.

The Queen of Soul will be kept in mind with an efficiency by Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans. The musicians will commemorate her gospel roots and her renowned album, “Remarkable Grace.”

Golden Globe-winning “black-ish” starlet Tracee Ellis Ross is hosting the fan-voted show and danced to a variety of hit songs following Swift’s efficiency.

Presenters consist of Tyra Banks, Chloe x Halle, Macaulay Culkin, Sara Gilbert, Heidi Klum, Lenny Kravitz, John Stamos, Amandla Stenberg, The Chainsmokers and Rami Malek.

J-Lo, Cardi B win huge at MTV VMA, a show that feels flat


Chris Pizzello/ Invision/ AP Jennifer Lopez accepts the Video Lead award at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York.

Monday, Aug. 20, 2018|9:10 p.m.

New York City– With the majority of music market’s leading acts absent– from Beyonce to Bruno Mars– the MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat, and a few of the winners turned heads– for the wrong reasons.

Exhibition A: Camila Cabello beat out Drake, Mars, Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Post Malone for artist of the year.

” I cannot think this is for me,” Cabello said Monday onstage.

Neither can we.

Display B: Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and DJ Khaled won best collaboration for “Dinero”– a song that has actually peaked at No. 80 on Signboard’s Hot 100 chart– besting the record-setting hit “Meant to Be,” by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, and Mars and Cardi B’s anthemic “Finesse” remix.

The show, at Radio City Music Hall in New york city, did not have zest with its efficiencies, too: Grande, backed by numerous female dancers, was a bore during “God Is a Woman,” but added some excitement when she was signed up with by her mother, granny and cousin onstage at the end of the performance. Travis Scott, whose album is No. 1 for a second week, had strong energy while onstage, but the performance seemed like it belonged more to vocalist James Blake, who is featured on Scott’s album and performed just as long as Scott throughout the segment.

Scott closed with kind words: “Rest in peace the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.”

Ideally that wasn’t MTV’s homage to one of music’s finest singers of all-time, who died recently.

Lopez, who made the Michael Jackson Video Lead Award for life time accomplishment, supplied the night’s most energetic efficiency. She started off sluggish– Kylie Jenner and Scott’s unamused faces perfectly recorded the vibe– however she struck a strong stride when she sang old smashes like “Jenny from the Block,”” I’m Real “– where Ja Rule joined her onstage– and “All I Have,” which showed the knowledgeable dancer’s singing variety.

But Lopez’s speech was more stirring than her fun performance: She was psychological as she thanked her children and beau Alex Rodriguez onstage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

She was teary-eyed and took a look at her “2 little angels,” as she called them, and said, “I stand here stronger and better than ever … so thank you Max and Emme.” She called Rodriguez, who filmed her performance with his phone, “my twin soul.”

” My life is sweeter and better with you in it,” she stated.

While Lopez’s speech went for the heart, Cardi B aimed for jokes. The rap artist, in her widely known silly behavior, “opened” the program– not with a performance, but with charming jokes. The new mother was onstage pretending to hold a child, but she then exposed to the audience that it was really a Moonman, which she won earlier in the night for tune of the summer for her No. 1 hit, “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

Cardi B, who gave birth last month, likewise won best new artist and said people told her she was “betting your profession” when she chose to end up being a mother.

” I had the child, I carried the baby and now I’m still winning awards,” she said.

She likewise appeared to take goal at Nicki Minaj, who while promoting her brand-new album recently stated other artists have employed fans to pay attention to their music.

Cardi said she’s been blessed with fans “that you cannot buy,” looking into the electronic camera and yelling a curse.

Cardi B was the top competitor of the night with 10 nominations. For the top prize, Cardi B and Mars were competing with Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” Drake’s “God’s Strategy,” Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Apes– t,” Cabello’s “Havana” and Grande’s “No Tears Delegated Cry.” However only Cardi B and Grande were on hand for the night’s festivities.

Nicki Minaj won the very first telecasted award– finest hip hop– and checked comic Tiffany Haddish for dissing girl group Fifth Harmony, now on hiatus.

After congratulating ex-Fifth Harmony member Cabello on her five elections, speaker Haddish said sardonically, “Hi Fifth Harmony.” When Minaj accepted an award minutes later on, she sought to Haddish and stated, “Don’t be coming for 5th Harmony because Normani is that (chick).” Normani presently has her first struck apart from the group with the Khalid-assisted “Love Lies.”

Minaj, who has actually been a trending subject this week after she incredibly tweeted about why her new album debuted at No. 2 behind Travis Scott, also offered the first bleeped moment of the night when she informed the audience to pay attention to her Apple Music radio program today to hear “who the (curse) of the day award is going to.”

There was a political moment when Reasoning was joined onstage by young immigrants wearing Tee shirts that check out, “We are all humans,” to object the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their parents after they illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. The rap artist, best understood for the suicide avoidance anthem “1-800-273-8255,” used a Tee shirts that read, “( Expletive) the wall.”

Grande won best pop video and thanked her future husband Pete Davidson “for existing.”

As for the leading nominees, Beyonce and Jay-Z were behind Cardi B with 8 bids for “Apesh– t,” filmed at the Louvre museum in Paris. Gambino’s “This Is America,” which deals with bigotry and gun violence, earned him seven elections, while Drake, who distributed $1 million to Miami citizens in his “God’s Strategy” clip, scored 7 nods.

Avicii, who died in April, won for finest dance for “Lonesome Together” together with Rita Ora.

Weekend Rewind: Mel Brooks at Wynn, Pitbull at MGM Grand, Cardi B at Drai’s and more


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Pitbull postures with Larry and Camille Ruvo on the red carpet prior to the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand on April 28.

Tuesday, Might 1, 2018|2 a.m.

. This previous weekend was a pointer of why I compose the Rewind on Monday– the principle of the Vegas weekend is flexible; it can start and end whenever it desires. In this case, it appeared to begin Wednesday when Intrigue Club at Wynn Las Vegas opened its two-year anniversary event with a record-setting night anchored by pop-dance hitmakers The Chainsmokers.

There was no decreasing on Thursday when the first-ever Signboard Latin Music Week market conference in Las Vegas culminated in the 20th annual Signboard Latin Music Awards at Mandalay Bay Events Center, where global super stars including Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Maluma racked up trophies and lit the stage on fire.

Friday night brought a return to the Repetition Theater phase for the legendary Mel Brooks, who easily charmed a jam-packed house with tales of his Brooklyn training, his time in the Army, some behind-the-scenes stories of making funny magic with Sid Caesar, Gene Wilder and No Mostel and repeat efficiencies of the best cat-noise sound effect ever. The 91-year-old icon did a couple of dates here last year and was encouraged to come back for two more shows–“They used me more money,” he riffed– and if Brooks finds time for another Wynn run, put it on your agenda.

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Tony Tran Photography Cardi B at Drai’s. Saturday was one of the biggest nights of the year in Las Vegas and I’m not discussing video game two of the Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoff series versus the San Jose Sharks. Nevertheless, hockey was on the minds and streaming screens of many at the 22nd annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, participated in by stars including Marcia Gay Harden, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Carrot Top, Matt Goss and more. The voice of the Golden Knights Mark Shunock in fact started his night hyping up the T-Mobile Arena crowd and cranking the pregame siren with ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons prior to bolting over to MGM to host the gala. There was some Power of Love-Latin Billboards crossover, too, as Zappos Theater resident Pitbull and globetrotting DJ Steve Aoki popped up at both occasions.

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Golden Tiki. Despite all this partying, I was outshined … by a pregnant woman. Social network hip-hop experience Cardi B attended those Billboard Latin awards with fiancĂ© Offset of Atlanta rap attire Migos and performed with Puerto Rican reggaeton star Ozuna, then struck Drai’s Bar at the Cromwell Friday night to party and carry out with Migos throughout the group’s Drai’s Live residency program. The club crowd– that included Denver Broncos star Von Miller– went wild when she grabbed a mic for her verse of “Motorsport,” the Migos hit that likewise features Nicki Minaj.

Chinatown’s tropical favorite The Golden Tiki has added to its collection of shrunken heads. The Man of a Thousand Voices Rich Little is the latest celebrity to be memorialized at the drinking destination and his head was sculpted by Smithsonian artist Terry Barr. Little split a few jokes onstage and chilled with fellow comedian Murray Sawchuck, who has likewise been shrunk at the GT.

Cardi B commemorates Grammy nods, hit songs at label party


Scott Roth/Invision/ AP In this Oct. 26, 2017, image, Cardi B carries out at Power 105.1’s Powerhouse at Barclays Center in Brooklyn district of New York.

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018|1 a.m.

New York City– Tell Cardi B she’s nominated for a Grammy and the development rap artist will rapidly remind you: She’s chosen for “two of them.”

The chart-topping rapper performed late Thursday at a pre-Grammy celebration held by her record label’s parent company, Warner Music Group. When the DJ said she “got chosen for a Grammy,” she remedied him.

” Two of them,” she stated.

The 25-year-old entertainer commemorated her first set of Grammy nominations at The Grill in New York City with an efficiency of her five hit songs, likewise providing the audience a dose of her humor and likable character.

She was energetic as she kicked off the efficiency with her verse on the remix to Bruno Mars’ anthemic and upbeat tune, “Skill.” In a black ensemble, she worked the phase with 2 background dancers, going through her hits that have dominated on radio and on streaming services, from “Bartier Cardi” to “No Limitation,” a cooperation with G-Eazy and A$ AP Rocky.

Cardi B currently has 5 tunes in the Leading 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, consisting of three in the Leading 10 (” Finesse” is No. 4; “No Limitation” is No. 7; and “MotorSport” with Migos and Nicki Minaj is No. 10).

Her significant label debut single, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” topped the Hot 100 in 2015 and made her the first solo female rap artist to reach the task given that Lauryn Hill carried out in 1998. The tune is nominated for two Grammys on Sunday– best rap tune and best rap performance– pitting her against Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar.

” It’s the Grammys– hope a (woman) take one. Let me take it to the Bronx,” she said to the crowd.

Cardi B thanked her label, Atlantic Records, at the event, where participants consisted of singers Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Rita Ora, Ciara, Kimbra and Bebe Rexha; country music group Little Big Town; Oscar- and Tony-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; rapper Gucci Hair; music market players and press.

The rap artist said prior to she signed to Atlantic “a great deal of these labels were trying to play me … they were trying to sign me for $50,000.”

“‘ Love and Hip Hop’ was paying me that,” said Cardi B to laughs, describing the VH1 truth show she starred on, which assisted her fame grow after the previous stripper established a following on social networks.

Cardi B, who has launched numerous mixtapes, is set to release her debut album this year. She will perform with Mars at the Grammys, airing live on CBS from Madison Square Garden.

” Y’ all wan na know something y’ all rich (people), if I (mess) up tomorrow I can still go to the strip club,” she said.